[News] Lily Allen’s dad Keith responds to her claim he ‘couldn’t channel his comedic gifts into a career’

Actor Keith Allen fired back at his daughter Lily Allen after she claimed he was unable to “channel his comedic gifts into a successful career.”

The pair have endured a rocky relationship and neither of them shies away from speaking out about it.

But things got extra heated after the “Smile” singer opened up about her estrangement from him in an interview last year.

Lily called her dad a “self-saboteur” and took a stab at his career in her 2018 memoir, “My Thoughts Exactly.”

Now, Keith has responded to his daughter’s choice of words.

“That’s true, yeah,” he told The Guardian. “I couldn’t channel anything. You could say I wasted a lot of years. You could also say I had a f—ing great time.

“I was in at the beginning for a lot of things. I presented one of the first ‘yoof TV’ shows. I was one of the first performers at the Comedy Store.”

Lily and Keith, pictured in 2008, have endured a strained relationship over the years.
Lily and Keith, pictured in 2008, have endured a strained relationship over the years.
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In her book, Lily claimed her dad suffered a “cocaine-induced heart attack” at Glastonbury when she was 14.

But her sharing that particular tidbit with the world didn’t sit too well with Keith, who later claimed his heart attack was spurred on by “acute food poisoning.”

Keith Allen responded to his daughter's choice words.
Keith Allen responded to his daughter’s choice words.
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The singer has been open about her strained relationship with her dad, having previously mentioned in 2015 that her dad “walked out on me.”

“My dad walked out on me when I was four, I’m sick of this,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “My dad was at Latitude when I headlined and didn’t even come to see me. I’ve probably spent more time walking my dogs than I have with my dad my entire life.”

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